Please introduce yourself.
Hello, my name is Jacqui. I’m 40 years old, married and mother of 3. As you can imagine, my life is super hectic. I work full time. I’m also an event planner, a Girl Scout leader, AAU basketball team mom and all around go-to person when the family is in need. Did I mention I have two moms and two dads? My family is pretty big! Family is most important to me, so I don’t mind because I love them.
How long have you been natural, and why did you go natural?
I’ve been natural about seven years. It took me a while to figure it out, but I think relaxers were giving me some sort of allergic reaction. Instead of burning, it itched like crazy while the chemicals were on my head. I once read the definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing expecting a different result. I decided to go natural because I was ready for something new, AND I was tired of being insane. I didn’t have the patience to transition, so I just stood in front of the mirror and chopped about five to seven inches of relaxer out of my head! It left me with a couple inches of natural hair. Previously, I’d worn my hair in a short, texturized cut for about four years and decided to give my own natural tresses a try since I already knew what a short cut would look like on me. Even still… it took some getting use to. I almost quit. There weren’t as many wonderful, useful blogs such as this back then. Don’t even get me started about the lack of products. It’s no wonder I became a “product junkie” when natural hair became the newest marketable thing.
Why did you decide to get Sisterlocks, and when did you get them installed?
After doing every style imaginable on my natural hair, I decided by the time I was 40, I’d be locked or chop it off and sport the short cut. After 5 years of research, debating and putting it off, I decided to get Sisterlocks August 19, 2011. It’s been a year already, and I haven’t regretted one minute of that decision. Oh… and I turned 40 February 2012. Goal accomplished!
What do you love most about your Sisterlocks?
The thing I love most about my Sisterlocks is I can get up and go. I absolutely LOVE free styling it, especially since I’m on the tender headed side of things. I also love the versatility. I’ve come up with some great styles. Unfortunately, I can never go more than one day with it pinned up! My daughter constantly teases me saying, “Quit whining and suck it up!” LOL.
What are your hair goals?
My goal is to enjoy every step of this process. I can be such a control freak in my day-to-day life that I thought I would just play it by ear with this whole locking thing. No pressure, no expectations… just go with the flow and think of each day as an adventure.
Any last thoughts?
Sisterlocks may or may not be for you, so do your homework!!! Otherwise, it could be one heck of an expensive, “experimental” price to pay. Everyone’s journey is different. It’s very much like your natural hair journey. Patience, patience and MORE patience!
Being natural is becoming more readily accepted by society, but we still have a ways to go. The first step is self-acceptance. Love yourself inside and out and know that you are naturally beautiful the way God made you. And He don’t make NO mistakes!